Centre's Draft Environment Rules Catastrophic, Disgraceful: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi requested folks to protest the brand new Atmosphere Affect Evaluation draft. (File)

New Delhi:

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the present day requested folks to protest the brand new Atmosphere Affect Evaluation (EIA) 2020 draft, saying it was “harmful” and if notified, the long run penalties will probably be “catastrophic”.

The draft EIA notification, which includes process of issuing environmental clearances to numerous initiatives, was issued by the Atmosphere Ministry in March this 12 months and public recommendations had been invited.

In a Fb submit utilizing the hashtag WithdrawEIA2020, Mr Gandhi slammed the federal government over the EIA, 2020, draft, saying it isn’t solely “disgraceful”, however “harmful”.

“Not solely does it have the potential to reverse lots of the arduous fought positive aspects which have been received over time within the battle to guard the environment, it may doubtlessly unleash widespread environmental destruction and mayhem throughout India,” he stated.

Rahul Gandhi added: “Take into account this: based on our ‘Swachh Bharat’ propagating authorities, if labelled ‘strategic’, extremely polluting industries equivalent to coal mining and different mineral mining will not require Environmental Affect Evaluation. Neither will highways or railway strains passing by means of dense forests and different eco-sensitive areas, it will end result within the large hacking down of timber, resulting in the destruction of habitats of 1000’s of endangered species.”

The concept Atmosphere Affect Evaluation could be given submit facto is a “horrible” one, he stated.

“That’s, EIA could be accomplished, after a mission has already destroyed the setting,” the previous Congress chief added.

This EIA, 2020, draft is a “catastrophe” and it seeks to silence the voice of communities who will probably be straight impacted by the environmental degradation it unleashes, Mr Gandhi stated. “I urge each Indian to stand up and protest in opposition to it. Our youth, who’ve at all times been on the forefront of each battle to guard the environment, should take up this trigger and make it their very own.”

“A battle to guard the environment cuts throughout political and ideological beliefs. If nothing else, the current COVID-19 pandemic has proven us how fragile human life is,” he stated.

For thousands and thousands of Indians, already residing on the sting, the setting is just not an summary time period, however a life and livelihood challenge, the Congress chief stated.

If EIA, 2020, is notified by the federal government, the long run penalties of the widespread environmental degradation will probably be catastrophic for us and future generations of Indians, he claimed.

Mr Gandhi’s criticism got here days after Union Atmosphere Minister Prakash Javadekar stated it doesn’t loosen up the method of public listening to, however goals to make it extra significant.

Mr Javadekar wrote a letter in response to the objections to the draft EIA raised on numerous events by Congress chief Jairam Ramesh, a former setting minister and the present chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on science and expertise, setting and local weather change.

Mr Javadekar had additionally stated that Mr Ramesh going public together with his objections and letters was “untimely” as public consultations on the draft EIA had been underway.

The Atmosphere ministry had earlier stated it might not lengthen the deadline for folks to present recommendations and opinions past June 30, however later gave time until August 12.

Mr Ramesh, in his letter to the setting minister on July 25, has stated that the draft EIA reduces public participation in all steps of the setting clearance course of by lessening the discover interval for public hearings and putting off them for a big class of initiatives.

In his response on Thursday, Mr Javadekar termed as “improper connotation” the purpose raised by Mr Ramesh that the federal government intends to present ex-post facto approval to the instances involving violation.

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